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Facing hefty fines, organizers cancel women's march on MN capitol

The move was due to the state's COVID-19 restrictions.

There'll be women's marches across the country Saturday, but now none of them will be happening at the Minnesota State Capitol. 

That's because the event that was planned for the capitol — organized by Women's March MN — has been canceled.

According to the group, they were contacted by Attorney General Keith Ellison's office on Friday and told they were facing a $25,000 fine if they didn't follow a number of COVID-19 protocols — including limiting the march to 250 people.

They also would have had to collect the names and personal information of participants for contact tracing, and follow "9 pages worth of other restrictions," a Facebook post from the group says:

They also suggest they were unfairly targeted by state officials:

"There are 13 events happening across Minnesota tomorrow yet we were the ones singled out," the post says. "Make no mistake, we are devastated and we. are. pissed."

They go on to say that after a "4 hour long meeting going through every possibility trying to find a way to still hold the event in a lawful way that would keep everyone safe," they had no choice but to cancel Saturday's march. 

The group adds that a "new online event," which would be help November 1, is now in he works.

BringMeTheNews has reached out to the attorney general's office for comment. 

Saturday's event would have coincided with many women's marches happening across the U.S. According to the national Women's March website, the protests are "socially distant actions... to send an unmistakable message about the fierce opposition to Trump and his agenda, including his attempt to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat."

The other marches happening in Minnesota will be held in Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Cambridge, Fargo-Moorhead, Lindstrom, Mankato, Minneapolis, Northfield, St. Bonifacius, St.Cloud, Stillwater and Walker.

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